Definition of pendant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpendənt/


1A piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck.
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  • Gold and silver jewellery pendants, earrings and bracelets in the shape of hearts, have made their appearance.
  • Learn to make all types of jewellery - bracelets, pendants, brooches and rings, easily and affordably.
  • My palm was clammy from holding onto the gold pendant hanging from my neck for so long in the summer temperature.
1.1A necklace with a pendant.
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  • The trend has changed so radically that pretty, feminine summer dresses, hot tropical prints and sweet pastels look positively unfinished without necklaces, bangles, pendants and earrings.
  • Sipping drinks and smoking like chimneys, the crowd flocked the ramp from all side as models presented sequences for earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets.
  • The collection has necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings, and bracelets.
1.2A light designed to hang from the ceiling.
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  • For the exhibit, she designed a leather pendant light incorporating fibre optics.
  • At a recent meeting it was agreed to look for a new grant to service the installation of lights, pendants, door locks, window locks and door views.
  • The group have installed telephones, pendants, sensor lights and provided security locks for a large number of people in the areas.
1.3The part of a pocket watch by which it is suspended.
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  • At a loss for words, the boy could only stare, gaping at his pendant that now lay suspended in the air before his very eyes.
  • If someone needs help if she has fallen and can't get up, she can now click on a pendant or wristwatch that taps into a support system.
  • He closed the pendant and tenderly tucked it into his pocket.
1.4 Nautical A short rope hanging from the head of a ship’s mast, yardarm, or clew of a sail, used for attaching tackles.
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  • They are trained to locate, detect and attach recovery pendants in deep water.
2An artistic, literary, or musical composition intended to match or complement another: the triptych’s pendant will occupy the corresponding wall in the south transept
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  • The suspended hulls, which are conceived as a pendant to the vases, seem to confirm the artist's preoccupation with history.
  • And the detached, studied, as well as learned tone of his work acts as a pendant to his quest for self-knowledge.
  • His somewhat more compact work, liberally illustrated with colour, was published by the Royal Collection and forms a happy pendant to Russell.


Hanging downward; pendent: pendant flowers on frail stems
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  • It's this tale and the attractive, pendant cream flowers, smattered within by deep pink spots, that wins so many votes.
  • Rise and fall flexes from pendant lights mean you can pull the light down for atmosphere and push up for more general light.
  • People over the age of 65 living alone or with another person over the same age are entitled to apply for a safe and secure pendant medical alarm unit.


Middle English (denoting an architectural decoration projecting downward): from Old French, literally 'hanging', present participle of the verb pendre, from Latin pendere.

  • This was originally a term for an architectural decoration projecting downwards. It comes from penda(u)nt, an Old French word meaning ‘hanging’, from Latin pendere. The word was used from late Middle English for a jewel attached to clothing but later it was applied to one attached to a necklace. Use of the word for a light fitting hanging from the ceiling dates from the mid 19th century. Pending (mid 17th century) is an anglicization of French pendant. Pendulum (mid 17th century) is taken directly from Latin, as is pendulous (early 17th century). Suspend (Middle English) combined this root with sub- ‘from below’, compensation (Late Middle English) is something that ‘weighs against’ something that has happened, depend (Late Middle English) is ‘hang down’, and recompence (Late Middle English) originally ‘to weigh one thing against another’.

Words that rhyme with pendant

appendant, ascendant, attendant, codependent, defendant, descendant, descendent, intendant, interdependent, pendent, splendent, superintendent, transcendent

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Syllabification: pend·ant

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